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  1. Builder147

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    Can someone advise me if any of these would be any good? As I need another battery for when go wild camping in a few weeks time. The wife got a 3 day dog agility show to go to and it's in a field with no hook up etc, it's just after we get our 1st m/h. I am hoping to get solar later on and was hoping one of these batteries would suffice for the time being.

    Many thanks:Smile:
     
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    that depends what 'any of these' are ? :Wink:

    Ooops...crossed posts.
     
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    1st one, yes.

    Traction battery anyday.

    Not sure if the calcium battery has any special charging needs that your onboard lead acid battery charger cant provide.
     
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    You could buy 3 of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251420935326?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 for the price of 1 of the traction s --Cannot knock the traction batts but I would go for 2 from the link and save the extra cash :Wink: more amps less money -should last 5 yrs you may get a little longer from the traction but less amps - or you could just buy one -that should give you 3/4 days wilding depending on use
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    Will they fit in where you want them, and can you lift them into place as they are both seriously big and heavy. Apart from that plenty of power but might not mix very well if you have one installed already.

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    The first one seems a very good deal. What looks like a genuine traction battery for not much more than a similar amp leisure one. Especially for the deep cycle usage you're intending.
     
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    it appears calcium batteries need a higher voltage (14.4v to 15.4v) for complete charge and your standard onboard charger (13.6v) cant provide the higher voltage so premature failure could occure.
     
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    Many thanks for your comments:thumb: it is much appreciated:Smile:
     
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    just be aware that adding such big batteries very quickly eats up your payload capacity. VOSA are stopping and weighing motorhomes and horseboxes at the side of the road. if over your plated weight, you will be fined and wont be able to continue until the van weighs less. this may well mean leaving those big heavy batteries at the side of the road

    i was talking to somebody the other day who was stopped on the M27 driving a horsebox set up for 4 horses. problem was with kit, 4 people and 4 horses they were well overweight. they had to phone round and get a friend to come out with another box to transfer a horse to. I cant remember exactly what they said they were fined, but it wasnt cheap.

    motorhomes are exactly the same and worse in many cases as the converters try to keep them under below HGV weights. this only allows a very small load margin. even some uprated to 3700kg only have a small payload. its therefore very important to take your van to a weighbridge and weigh it as if going off on holiday. this shocks many newbies
     
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    I have 2 of those Lucas branded ones and they are fantastic.
    we used to get 2 nights out of the 80ahr gel bettery fitted on the motorhome from new I purchased 2 of the us12vxc batteries from our local forklift supplier and with an 80 watt solar panel to top them up off grid we have gone 2 weeks without getting anywhere near to running out of power.
     
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    Why not get solar panels now instead of adding all that weight with extra batteries? :Smile:
     
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    Can't afford at the mo Dave, :Sad:
     
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